Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Measure Once, Cut twice

Everyone has their favorite method for measuring a quilt for borders.  I fold the quilt in half, top to bottom, right side out and measure through the center of the quilt, double that measurement and cut two borders that length for the sides.  After I have attached those borders and pressed them I fold the quilt in half lengthwise and measure through the center, double that and cut two borders that length for the top and bottom.  It squares the quilt up quite nicely.  For this quilt I cut the final borders parallel to the selvedge because there is less give in the fabric, thus, creating a more stable border.
I wasn't sure about the flowery fabric for the border.  I  was afraid that it might draw the eye from the blocks.  Needn't have worried, I guess.  I would love more drape, but I have no more suitable fabric. I think I will quit while I am ahead.

I was talking to Mom tonight.  She has trouble finding words sometimes.  She made a comment, referring to her difficulty finding words.
"I'm not that perspicacious, I guess."
 "Now THERE'S a word, Mom.  What's it mean?"
 "Oh I don't know."

I looked it up.
adjective: perspicacious
having a ready insight into and understanding of things.
"it offers quite a few facts to the perspicacious reporter"
synonyms:discerning, shrewd, perceptive, astute, penetrating, observant, percipient, sharp-witted, sharp, smart, alert, clear-sighted, farsighted, acute, clever, canny, intelligent, insightful, wise, sage, sensitive, intuitive, understanding, aware, discriminating;   

 Nice word.   Turns out, she did know, after all. 


  1. I love the dark green and then the floral, looks terrific! I also measure through the middle and cut that size. I don't often have enough fabric to cut parallel to the selvages, though I would prefer that. Ever since the long arm, I find borders much easier to quilt because they aren't all stretched out of shape from pulling the quilt through the machine. One mighty fine quilt.

  2. The fabrics added a great punch.
    And I will try to sneak perspicacious into conversation tomorrow.

  3. Fantastic word. Thanks to your mom for the education.

  4. That made me smile AND it refreshed my vocabulary. Win win:)